Cute paper dogwoods {tutorial}

June 30, 2011

In my previous post you'll see paper dogwoods on my bulletin board.
I thought I'd give y'all the tutorial:

Paper Dogwood Tutorial
You will first want to cut out a square.  It can be 5 x5 or 10x 10, so long as it's a square.
Fold the paper in fourths.
Then draw a heart with the bottom in the center crease of paper.

Cut the heart and open your paper.

*note that when cutting heart, make sure to not cut off the edges all the way down to the bottom of the heart*

Fold it in half like so.

Open it back up and fold in the opposite direction.

There!  You are done!
{To dress it up a smidgen, you can color a flower or star in the center.}

If you were wanting to make a "dogwood branch" like in my previous post,
you can simply find a stick you like (that sounds odd no?) and make a variety of flowers and hot glue them on.  Also, cutting and gluing on a few leaves just finishes it off.

Happy crafting! 

A makeover on bulletin board

June 29, 2011

Water melon pink...

Soft, clean, crisp white...

Orangeish material...
Makes an old bulletin board look good.

But it needed something more.

And viola!  A stick + paper + fabric + hot glue = a new inspiring bulletin board!!!

Apple Pancake ::Recipe::

June 26, 2011

Doesn't it look scrumptious?


It was :-)

Baked Apple Pancake
  • 4 T. butter
  • 2 cups apple, peeled and diced
  • 2 T. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, ground
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
{Preheat oven to 425 degrees}
Apple Mixture:
Melt half the butter in a medium sized pot and add diced apples.  Saute until tender.  Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon aover the apples - stir until combined. 
Pancake Batter:
Whisk {in a medium bowl} together eggs, vanilla, milk, flour, and salt until blended.  Preheat a 9 x 13 casserole dish in the over for 5 minutes. 
Then add the remaing butter to coat the bottom of the casserole dish.  Pour the apple mixture evenly in the dish, and then cover it with the pancake batter.  Bake until puffy and golden for about 20-25 minutes.
Serve hot and dust with powdered sugar {if ya want}!

Psalm 31

June 21, 2011

1In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.
 2Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.
Father, let me always trust in You and never let me deny Your name.

 3For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
 4Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

Father, protect me from those who wish me evil.

 5Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.
 6I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.

My spirit is Yours and Yours alone.  All wickedness I despise and put myself away from.

 7I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;
 8And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

Jesus, thank you for saving me! 

 9Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.
 10For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

Give me the courage to stand strong and flee from temptations.

 11I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.
 12I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

You alone, Father, can save me.

 13For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.
 14But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.

I will trust in You alone Father.

 15My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.
 16Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake.

You hold me in your hand and love me.  What more can I want?

 17Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.
 18Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Father, please, may I always love You and Your Son, and the Holy Spirit.  May You forever fill me.

 19Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
 20Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

Thank you Father.

 21Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.
 22For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

You hear me and I will bless You forever.

 23O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.
 24Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

Let me always love You and cherish Your name.  Amen.

Summer Reading and Algebra

June 13, 2011

Summer Reading

This past month, mother has had us to read 2- the oh how glorious -2 hours a day.  I *try* to get it all done- and really have.  I just have trouble remembering to time myself every time I pick up a book :)  Here are a few books I've gotten through since early May:
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Heidi
  • The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (I read this out loud to Morgan)
  • Joyfully At Home
  • Anne of the Island
  • Anne's House of Dreams

Here are a few that I am beginning:

  • Before You Meet Prince Charming (read out loud with Mama and Morgan)
  • The Education of James Madison
  • Northanger Abby 
  • Off Grid Living
  • {This is one I have meant to read and it's haunting me at the bottom of my nightstand} Ivanhoe
So, we'll see how all goes.  My goal is to read a lot of the classics- glorious classics- and history.  And throw in a few biographies.  The only thing that holds me back is... our library is rather small.  To only have 2 books by Jane Austen- horror of horrors!  And only half of the Anne of Green Gables Series.


As summer reading has been a priority, algebra is crawling up my list of expectations too.

Oh algebra!  You kill my conscience.

The problem with algebra- or me rather- is that I have to give my full attention to it in order for it to get done.  Otherwise, I'll keep pushing it back until I have a complete hour to spare with it.  But I enjoy it- it's fun.  And I like numbers.  I just have to keep telling myself "Onward Christian Soldier" for I tend to find myself knitting, or sewing, or *cough* blogging when I really could be improving my algebra. 

But so far, so good.  I've just started my algebra book and haven't turned to a heap of quivering jello!  My schooling is looking up!

P.S.  Did I mention we are schooling during summer :-)

My First Dress

June 9, 2011

My first dress.

And I think she likes it!

I found the pattern at Wal*Mart proudly claiming to be the perfect pattern for a beginner-simplicity made easy!
It took me about 3 days to make...
And I am convinced that I put the skirt part on wrong- but if it is, you certainly can't tell!

And Daddy said it was cute.

I also found a pair of old jean shorts :-)

Surprise, surprise right?

And here's the back:

Never mind the bumps and puckers
Ignore the dangling thread...
I am a beginner-
So therefore it's not the best.

My Dear Sister

June 4, 2011

I thought I'd tell you a bit about my "bestest" little friend.
Her name is Morgan Ann.  (Yes, Ann without the e on the end, bless her heart)
Morgan is stern, and shy- to strangers.  But if you are at all intimate with her, she's your best friend for life and will probably write you a thousand letters...
And expect the same amount politely in return.

Now, a lot of these pictures of her are a rarity. 
Why?  Because she is so ladylike it almost puts me to shame- and a few look as if she were nuts.

The thing about Morgan is that she doesn't despair over a rainy day...
Because she knows she can dance in it.
Now, she is 7 and 1/2.  Whatever you do, do not forget that half (for your own good).

She crochets.  And knits.  (Somewhat).

Morgan embroiders beautifully, and beautifully poses for my so called "pictures."

We go hand in hand, and usual aren't separated.  I help her with school, and she cheers me up as I despair over algebra and coordinate planes.

A true dear girl who loves God and Jesus.  A perfect little angel I assure you.
I have to wonder sometimes if she really might be sent from heaven.

Did I mention Morgan loves her siblings?

A spinning, carefree, lovable, rosy cheeked, dancing, young girl.

Thoughtful.  Considerate.

Patient and loving.


...And silly.

*Our version of "Oh Happy Day"*
We do cheer each other up.
And now I must go and tell her good night- that little angel.

Country Visitin'

June 2, 2011

Can you see the horses all the way back there?

Mowing away, farmer mama.

Without a doubt the country is the prettiest place on earth.

The barn gate.  I love the rustic colors- don't you?

So original eh?
The girl on a tractor and a field, with a lovely barn and old gate overgrown with... some sort of ivy.


This has been my pride for the last week... ain't it lovely?

Pink, pink, glorious pink!  Or is that a strange shade of purple?

And this is an edited picture of a way too orange crysanthum :-)

My camera and I agree that purple is the best...

Until there's an elegant red rose in the picture.

Yup, the country is the prettiest there could ever be.